To cover or not to cover, that's a question a lot of people ask about treating minor wounds at home. The simple answer is a covered wound heals faster and better. When you get a minor cut or scrape, the body creates an environment where cells migrate freely and bond together to form new tissue. For that to happen, you need to have moisture at the site of the wound so the body can create something called exudates. Exudates are a fluid that contains healing cells and proteins. It spreads across the bottom and sides of wounds, helping them heal fast. When a wound doesn't have enough moisture, the exudates dries up and forms a scab. The scab creates a barrier that forces new skin cells to move around the scab rather than the wound. This may cause the skin to heal in an irregular pattern. And when the scab is gone, you may be left with a scar. When you cover a wound with a protective bandage, you help exudates form by creating a moist environment. So always remember, a covered wound heals faster and better.
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